Victoria: Skills for Low-Tech Mushroom Cultivation Weekend Course
The full weekend course is a sliding scale of $200-$275. You can join for just one day for $100.
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Skills for Low-Tech Mushroom Cultivation Course details
Saturday breakdown: Grow your own mushrooms for food and medicine
*this is intended for folks who want to grow mushrooms to eat and/or for medicine at home and/or in their farm or gardens who have little to no experience growing mushrooms.
10am- Intro to fungal ecology + overview of mushroom cultivation
11:30am- Mushroom companions to the garden
Hands-on: make King Stropharia mushroom pathway at orchard
12:30-1:15pm: Lunch * bring a lunch or go to eat nearby. There are 2 cafes within walking distance (Cornerstone and the Parsonage) and a number of other little restaurants.
1:15-1:45pm- Growing mushrooms on logs + Mushroom logs demo
1:45pm- Growing Oyster mushrooms + everybody make their own 4 gallon grow kit to take home
2:30pm- Break with medicinal mushroom tea
3pm- Growing Lions Mane, Reishi, and Shiitake mushrooms overview + medicinal and nutritional properties + how to prepare for food and medicine
4pm- Other cool stuff you can do with Fungi – working with fungi to address household waste and build healthy soil (if time and interest allows: intro to Mycoremediation)
Q +A 5pm- finish
Sunday breakdown: Low-tech skills for growing your own mushroom ‘cultures/spawn/mycelium’
*this is intended for folks who have either taken the previous days’ course, and/or have some experience growing mushrooms and/or are interested in getting seriously into mushroom cultivation. If you’re unsure if this day is for you, please email me at email@example.com J
10am-12:30pm: Approaches to Cultivation
This will introduce the cultivation lifecycle and detail approaches to cultivation (sterile and less-sterile), and then get hands-on in spawn production: we’ll prep the substrates (growing mediums) together- liquid culture, agar, grain, bulk substrates (straw, sawdust, woodchips).
1:15-2pm Equipment + Materials: make a glove box, and go through a mushroom cultivation equipment and materials checklist.
2pm: Starting Cultures – cardboard, liquid culture + agar
3pm break with medicinal mushroom tea
3:15pm: Making grain spawn + everyone inoculate a grain jar in the glove box
4:15pm: Sawdust kits + next steps: incubating, troubleshooting- what to do if it gets contaminated.
*everyone will leave with 1 liquid culture, 1 grain spawn jar, and a detailed mushroom cultivation manual to refer back to.
** if you’d like to build your own glove box after the workshop, please let me know by Thursday and I will purchase the materials needed and support you in building one after the day finishes (5-5:30pm). The materials cost about $100.